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Curriculum Overview

Raising standards at Alban Wood requires focus on what we do in the classroom.  Continued and sustained improvement is dependent upon improving the quality of learning and teaching that is taking place on a daily basis.  At Alban Wood, the expectation is that all pupils are provided with high quality learning experiences that lead to consistently high levels of pupil achievement.

We expect every teacher to be a good teacher – no child deserves less.

By adopting a whole school approach to teaching and learning across the school, we aim:

  • To provide consistency of teaching and learning across the school
  • To enable teachers to teach as effectively as possible
  • To promote British values
  • To enable children to learn as well as possible
  • To give children the skills they require to become more effective lifelong learners
  • To provide an inclusive education for all children
  • To learn from each other, through the adoption of a collaborative, enquiry based approach to teaching and learning, where good practice is shared
Thematic Approach
At Alban Wood we are continually striving to adapt, alter and amend the curriculum so that the pupils receive the best quality teaching and learning possible. As of the academic year 2018-2019 we redesigned the curriculum for Years 1 to 6. The curriculum is based on the Essentials Curriculum written by Chris Quigley. 
This curriculum is set out in themes where the children will experience different themes a year.  Each theme encompasses the different subjects and links the learning under one theme title. The children should become immersed in the learning of that theme and use and apply their knowledge learnt to many different aspects of the theme. This approach also gives the children the opportunity to further and deepen their understanding in the foundation subjects as well as the core subjects.
I hope that the children at Alban Wood enjoy this new way of learning and come home and talk about all the interesting activities they have been covering in there theme work.


Religious Education

All schools are also required to teach religious education – Alban Wood follows the scheme of work set by Hertfordshire. Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
• promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
• prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life and
• prepares pupils for life in modern day Britain, learning about British values.

British Values

The school takes opportunities to promote British Values, defined by the government as the following:
• democracy
• the rule of law
• individual liberty
• mutual respect
• tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In actively promoting British Values, we will also focus on, and be able to show how our work with pupils is effective in, embedding fundamental British values. Actively promoting also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.

Phonics, spelling and reading

Children in the Early Years have daily phonics sessions following a synthetic approach to the teaching of phonics.  Practitioners plan and deliver sessions that are visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Children in Nursery and Reception visit our school library once a week and select a book to take home.

Children in Y1 have daily phonics sessions and children in Y2 have 4 x weekly sessions. These are differentiated by phonics phase and follow Letters and Sounds. Homework tasks are often linked to phonics to enable children to apply their phonics and to enable parents to support with development of phonics. Phonics workshops for parents are provided. Children in KS1, as with children in Early Years, also visit our library once a week and select a book to take home. In addition to this children read books from our reading scheme which is mainly resourced through Oxford Reading Tree. We also use Project X to support children who need additional support with the development of reading and phonics.

Children in KS2 have grammar sessions which include the teaching of spelling patterns. This is taught through discrete sessions which are additional to daily English sessions.

Further curriculum information

If you would like more information about the curriculum at Alban Wood please contact the school office where a member of staff will be able to answer any curriculum questions.